Manchester United have opted against a move for Nemanja Vidic despite his determination to leave Inter Milan in the January transfer window, reports The Mail.
The 33-year-old left Old Trafford in the summer after refusing to extend his contract and joined up with the San Siro outfit on a three-year contract. However, a number of high profile mistakes and a falling out with new manager Roberto Mancini has left Vidic looking at a swift exit.
Vidic is looking for a new club barely six months after moving to Inter Milan and Manchester United's continued defensive problems left a famous return to Old Trafford looking possible.
But despite Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo all spending at least a month on the sidelines since the start of the season, Louis van Gaal is not interested in spending money on short-term fixes. As a result, they have told Vidic they have no plans to rescue him from his Serie A nightmare.
Van Gaal is intent on moving forward and would see a move for Vidic as a pointless venture. Instead, he will continue to consider deals for Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels and Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin.
The German international is reportedly valued at £47 million by his club while Godin's release clause stands at £28.5 million. Hummels will be Van Gaal's priority but is unlikely to be made available by Jurgen Klopp before the end of the season.
Vidic captained Manchester United from 2010 until 2014, making over 200 appearances in the Premier League in an eight-year spell. In that time Vidic won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and one Champions League.
Old Trafford departure
Along with Rio Ferdinand, he departed Manchester United just one season after Sir Alex Ferguson retired. The Serbian was one of a number of players believed to have been unconvinced with the appointment of David Moyes, which may have convinced him to sign a pre-contract with Inter Milan.
Vidic started the season as a first choice centre-back but has been an unused substitute for their last three Serie A games.